Green Day in Oakland, Calif.

Green Day (from left, Tre Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt) in Oakland, Calif., in April 2009, where the band established itself and where it recorded its latest album, "21st Century Breakdown," to be released on May 15. "21st Century Breakdown" poses more questions than answers, starting with its supercharged first single, "Know Your Enemy." The music swerves from tuneful three-chord punk-pop into hard-rock echoing the Who, or stately Beatlesque ballads, or passages suggesting show tunes, Gypsy music and Irish jigs.
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